ELEC-115: Digital Circuits 1

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Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Digital Circuits 1
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Introduces digital concepts; binary, hexadecimal, and BCD number systems; TTL and CMOS integrated circuit logic gate technology; Boolean algebra; logic tables; combinational logic; monostable and bistable multivibrators; storage registers; asynchronous counters; and the use of digital electronic simulation software. Extensive laboratory activities.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Digital concepts
  2. Introduction to computer simulation software
  3. Binary, decimal, hexadecimal, and BCD conversions
  4. Computer simulation
  5. Logic probe circuit
  6. Construct logic probe
  7. Logic gate circuits
  8. Logic gate circuits from schematic symbols
  9. Boolean algebra introduction
  10. Logic gate circuits from Boolean expressions
  11. Logic gate circuits and Boolean reduction
  12. Combinational logic
  13. NAND/NOR conversions
  14. Logic gate circuits converting Boolean expressions to all NANDS/NORS
  15. NAND/NOR conversions
  16. Logic gate circuits converting Boolean expressions to all NANDS/NORS
  17. 555 timer circuit
  18. Flip-flops and related devices
  19. Asynchronous counters
  20. Mod 10 and mod 16 asynchronous up-counter
  21. Digital concepts
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Explain the differences between digital and analog systems.
  2. Describe the parameters of a pulse waveform.
  3. Explain the logic operations of AND, OR, NAND, NOR, and NOT gating circuits.
  4. Convert between Binary, Decimal, Hexadecimal, and BCD number systems.
  5. Apply rules and theorems of Boolean algebra to simplify a Boolean expression.
  6. Utilize NAND or NOR gates to implement any combinational logic function.
  7. Apply troubleshooting techniques to faulty logic circuits.
  8. Utilize a digital electronic simulation software program.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Unit and chapter tests given throughout the semester. Tests represent 50 percent of the course grade.
  2. Informal and formal laboratory activities and performance exercises in which students demonstrate an understanding of assigned circuits. Formal laboratory activities are submitted as a written report and represent 25 percent of the course grade.
  3. Final exam in which common questions are asked covering the units and topics presented throughout the semester. The final exam is worth 25 percent of the course grade.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Review of Student Portfolio and Student Interview

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
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